One officer killed, one recovering after shooting in Southcrest

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 4:40 p.m. — San Diego Police Department chief Shelley Zimmerman provided an update Friday evening on the Southcrest shooting that left Officer Jonathan J.D. Guzman dead. Chief Zimmerman identified the suspect in custody for the shooting as Jesse Michael Gomez. A second man — Marcus Antonio Cassani — is in custody following a SWAT standoff earlier Friday, but police were still investigating whether he was involved in the shooting. 

2:00 p.m. — A SWAT standoff at a home near 41st and Epsilon ended Friday afternoon but another began shortly afterward at a home two blocks away. 

SWAT crews could be seen setting up outside a home near 42nd and Delta streets and a bomb robot was deployed.  It is unclear if police believed a suspect to be inside the home. 

11:00 a.m. — The two San Diego police gang-unit officers shot in Southcrest late Thursday were identified at a media briefing Friday morning.

Jonathan J.D. DeGuzman, a 16-year police veteran, was killed just before 11 p.m. Thursday during a pedestrian stop near 3700 Acacia Grove Way, San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. He was a husband and father of two young children. 

"I personally worked with him when I was a lieutenant at Mid-City Division,I know him and this is gutwrenching,” Chief Zimmerman said. 

Wade Irwin is a nine-year veteran with San Diego Police Department. After undergoing surgery early Friday, Irwin was recovering in serious condition at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

It was earlier believed that the officers were conducting a traffic stop in Southcrest when the shooting occurred. Police Chief Zimmerman stated the two officers made a pedestrian stop, Thursday evening. There was currently no information that a suspect vehicle was involved. 

Both officers were wearing body cameras. Police are using the video to assist in their investigation.

Police remained in the area of Epsilon and 41st streets in Shelltown around 11 a.m. Friday, where a possible suspect may have been holed up inside a house, Chief Zimmerman said. A first suspect was detained early Friday. 

8:20 a.m. — Police activity was reported near Shelltown Friday morning.

Police could be seen deploying a bomb robot in the area of 41st and Epsilon streets. It remains unclear if it is connected to the shooting of two Gang Unit officers — one fatal — just blocks away.

The scene remained active Friday morning as police searched the area of the original shooting near 38th St. and Boston Ave. for a possible second suspect, according to Chief Zimmerman.

One officer was killed and the other remained at UC Medical Center in Hillcrest recovering from surgery. He is expected to survive, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

A second news briefing was expected around 11 a.m. Friday. 

6:00 a.m. — A police officer was killed and another was recovering from surgery Friday morning after being shot during a traffic stop in Southcrest.

Two San Diego police Street Gang Unit officers reported making a traffic stop near 38th St. and Boston Ave. late Thursday, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Almost immediately after, another call was made asking for "emergency cover."

Back-up officers quickly arrived to find both officers suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, Chief Zimmerman said.

One officer was placed in the back of a patrol car and rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista with multiple gunshot wounds. Despite efforts from medical staff, the officer was pronounced dead, Chief Zimmerman said. He was a husband and father of two. 

The second officer was transported to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest suffering gunshot wounds to the upper body. The officer underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

The names of the officers were not released pending notification of family members, who were asking for privacy, Chief Zimmerman said.

“It is extremely difficult. There is nothing that prepares you to do that," Chief Zimmerman said. "It is extremely difficult, you can imagine, early in the morning when a police chief knocks on a door of a family member.”

Officers found one suspect in a ravine in the 1300 block of S. 38th St, according to Chief Zimmerman. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.

Police continued to search the area around 38th St. in Southcrest for a possible second suspect, according to Chief Zimmerman. The scene remained active and police asked people in the area to shelter in place.

An investigation into the shooting of two San Diego police officers is still ongoing, Chief Zimmerman said. It was not immediately clear weather the shooting was an ambush. 

The shooting in Southcrest comes less than two weeks after a man with ties to San Diego ambushed officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing three and wounding three others. Officers in Dallas were also targeted by a gunman earlier this month.

On Aug. 6, 2011, a 36-year-old San Diego police officer who had just bought a meal for a child was fatally shot by a suicidal man who pulled up alongside his cruiser on University Avenue at 45th Street. Officer Jeremy Henwood, a four-year police department veteran and Marine reservist, died in a hospital early the next day.

Support began pouring in for San Diego police officers Friday morning. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer released this statement: 

"Last night we lost one of San Diego’s finest. We grieve for our fallen officer and stand with his family during this very diffucult time. We also pray for the second officer shot last night as he recovers from surgery. Violence against the men and women who wear the badge is violence against us all. I ask all San Diegans and all people across our nation to join together in support of our officers who courageously protect our communities. We need them and they need us." 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also commented: 

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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